In college, professors do many things that annoy us or make class difficult but we say nothing because we don’t want to ruin our chances of getting an A in class.
Well, let’s just pray and hope our professors find this post so that they change their ways.
Here are 11 things college professors do that annoy us:
1. Speak Monotone
It’s super annoying when college professors speak monotone when they’re “teaching.” Not only do they make class super boring when they speak monotone but it is so freakin’ hard to follow along!!
Unintentionally, I end up falling asleep at my desk and completely wasting an hour and some change of my life that I could have actually learned something had I had a more livelier professor. If nothing changes with their voice over the next couple of weeks, I honestly start skipping the class, because I see no point in showing up to sleep.
2. Don’t Raise Their Voice After We Ask Them to Raise It
Another thing more annoying than a professor who speaks monotone is someone who refuses to raise their voice after you let them know you can’t hear them. I had a professor like that. Several students politely asked if he could raise his voice because they couldn’t hear him. He said “Ok,” but kept rattling on silently to himself.
Like, if we can’t hear you, how do you expect us to learn?!
3. Surprise Pop Quiz
I feel like at least once a year we get stuck with at least one professor who loves surprise pop quizzes. I can see why Professors who do that like to give pop quizzes: It compels students to consistently review and study their notes so that they actually learn the subject. But it’s super annoying nevertheless because their class isn’t the ONLY class and it makes it hard to prioritize assignments and exams for other classes.
The dilemma is always, “Should I study 2 hours for this quiz that may not happen tomorrow or should I study 2 hours for this other really important test and do my homework for this other class?”
It just sucks showing up to class and learning that there is no quiz and you could have used that time to study for your FOUR other classes.
4. Send An Email 5 minutes Before: Class is Canceled
While most college professors try their best to give at least a 24-hour notice, there are still some professors who will drop an email 5 minutes before class to announce “class is canceled.”
I had one professor like that freshman year who did that ALL the time. It was INCREDIBLY annoying when she did it too because her class was the first class of the day for most of us and we were already sitting in class waiting for her to arrive when we received the email.
We could have slept in some more or spent the morning in the library preparing for our next class.
One of the guys who lived an hour away was so pissed one day that he threatened to make a complaint. Needless to say, she started showing up to class on time after that.
Has this happened to you? How annoyed were you?
5. Act Like Their Class is Our Only Class
Now, none of us expect to be dealt an easy pass card. We expect to work for our grade; we expect to be given reading assignments, homework, 5-10 page essays, and exams. But too often we have professors who are super insensitive about when and how much work they give us.
They’ll dish out these crazy deadlines with these crazy short turnarounds as if their class is the ONLY class we have.
Uh no, I can’t have my 5-page paper that you assigned to me on Thursday evening submitted to you by Monday. I have other classes with deadlines too!
6. Read Off of The Slides (*Word for Word*)
Don’t you find this super annoying when professors do this?!
This is what I wish I could say to a professor every time I’ve found myself in this situation:
“Sis! Bro! I’m in college for a reason. I can read. If you plan on reading off the slides and adding nothing more to this class, you could have emailed me the PowerPoint and I could have read it from my dorm room. This is a waste of my time.”
True story. While I was studying abroad in England, most of my professors read word for word off their slides adding very little commentary, if any. After about four weeks of the same thing, I had no choice but to accept that this was what they were going to keep doing for the rest of the semester. So I stopped attending class and read the slides from my dorm. Unsurprisingly, when finals came, I did just as well as all the other students who physically and painfully attended the lectures.
7. Assign Group Projects
Now, this may be my personal opinion, but I think most of us would agree that group projects can be super annoying because more times than not, you and another classmate out of 4 get stuck with doing the work of four people that the remaining two students get credit for.
I personally rather work by myself because it is super challenging having to coordinate with multiple students whose interests and commitments to class vary greatly.
For this reason, I find professors who are “project happy,” annoying!
8. Email Us Something to Read the Morning Before Class
If this has happened to you, let me know in the comments below! Not only is this annoying, but it is super inconvenient. More times than not, an email from a Professor requesting that we read some article mere HOURS before class is an email sent too late.
Most of us stack multiple classes together in our schedule so we can make the most of the time we are on campus. And because we have other classes to attend to, many of us do not have the time or a free window to read some last-minute article before the requesting professor’s class.
Sure, the professor may be understanding that we didn’t get to read the article or document in time for class, but it doesn’t change the fact that now we are behind. We can’t contribute to class discussion because we haven’t read the last-minute article and we’ll have to play catch up after class before we can jump on the next assignment, just in case we’re tested on the article later.
9. Use Class to Talk about Themselves and Their Accomplishments
I think most of us appreciate when professors share their story with us on Day 1 of class because it makes them seem more down-to-earth, more real.
But five weeks in — No, Thank You. We do not appreciate you using most or all of class to talk about you and your accomplishments unless we will be questioned about you or your accomplishments on our exams.
10. Mark Us Absent if We Are One Minute Late
This is annoying and insensitive because most college students are commuters, parking sucks at most Big Colleges, and life happens.
I get that professors want to teach us punctuality and prepare us for the “real world,” but most jobs in the real world give you a 3-minute grace period, and many”professionals” like lawyers do not have to clock-in to work. They get to walk in and start work pretty much whenever they want (within reason and as long as they don’t abuse their time).*
11. Make Us Buy Textbooks We Don’t Need
I wish I could say that this doesn’t happen often but sadly it does. Many professors are known for assigning books we don’t need and it’s annoying because textbooks are stupid expensive!! Most of us are using loans and grants to pay for them!
The authors of these textbooks often publish new editions/updates every year and every year our professors will insist we buy the latest edition despite nothing has changed substantively.
Or how about those supplements that professors make you spend ridiculous money on but may only ask one question from the supplement book on the test?!
12. Fail to Adequately Communicate How We’ll Be Tested
Last but not least, but perhaps the most annoying of all, is getting stuck with a Professor who fail to adequately communicate how we will be tested.
No, we are not looking for our professors to tell us exactly what questions will be asked and we’re not looking for you to give us the exam answers but we need some idea of how we will be tested, what chapters or topics the test might cover so that way we can study appropriately.
We don’t know if you are the type of professor who delights in the weeds and every petty detail of our assigned readings and homework assignments is fair play…
Or are you the big picture kind of Professor who just wants to make sure we have a comprehensive understanding of everything we learned to this point…
And are you only testing us on Chapters 1-3 or do you need us to also review Chapters 4-6?
Because that will dramatically affect how much time we’ll need to set aside to prepare for your exam!
If our Professors fail to communicate and answer these basic questions about their test, it can end up screwing us over real bad in terms of test scores.
I’ve personally suffered from a professor’s lack of communication on this point. I did not know that dates would matter so much to him (I wasn’t in history class) but it did, and I ended up getting a lot of questions wrong because I hadn’t studied the material that closely.
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Haha. So there you have it! These are 11 things college professors do that annoy us.
Did I forget anything? Let me know in the comments below!
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